Rare 50p coin sells for £1,680 - and you should check your change

A rare 50p coin has sold at auction for £1,680. The coin, minted for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, features a design showing a swimmer with wavy lines covering the swimmer's face.

The coin was created in 2011, but was later redesigned to make the swimmer's face more visible. 600 coins featuring the original design were accidentally released into circulation, and as such, these rare coins can fetch a hefty price tag.

One of these rare coins recently sold at RWB Auctions for £1,680 after being authenticated by NGC, a reputable coin-grading company. The coin was originally estimated to be worth between £1,000 and £1,500, Leicestershire Live reports.

Coin expert Kimberly Day commented: "Only a few hundred examples with this rare design variation are believed to have been released. We're delighted that this coin has raised such a sum, it's a fair price for such a rare coin and we believe its value will only increase over time."

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